Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens for Leica M-mount hands-on review

A few months ago I had the chance to take a few sample photos with the Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens for Leica M-mount (check the latest pricing and availability at B&H and Adorama). The first thing I have to mention is that this lens is not rangefinder-coupled and focusing is possible only with focus peaking which pretty much limits the use to only Leicas M10 cameras. The lens is very well built. The focusing ring is smooth. Close focusing is possible with the separate close focusing ring. The lens doesn’t have a red dot mount mark and some may have difficulties mounting the lens. The camera comes with a nice lacquer box:

Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens technical specifications:

  • Optical construction: classical Cooke triplet, 3 lenses in 3 groups
  • Aperture: 1:2,9 to 1:22
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Minimum focusing distance:  0,25m using the front focusing mechanism (ß‘=-0,245 / 1:4)
  • Filter: 35,5mm
  • Clip-on diameter: 39mm
  • Size:  Ø 62mm, length 39mm
  • Weight: 200g
  • Number of aperture blades: 12, AR-coated
  • Lenses: anti-reflex coating/ supplier: Schott glass
  • Format: 24 mm x 36 mm (full frame)
  • Angle of view: 21°
  • Image Ratio: up to 1:4 using the front focusing element

This lens has one purpose – to create a soap bubble bokeh. Here are the instructions on how to do this (the setup to the “bubbly bokeh” is similar to the Meyer-Optik Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 lens):

Next are a few unedited sample pictures:

The unmodified full-size JPG files from the Leica M10 camera can be found on flickr:

Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

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